Draft : : State Preview
MLB Draft Preview: North Dakota
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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North Dakota State-by-State List
were no players drafted and signed out of North Dakota in 2012 and
it’s possible that that scenario will repeat itself again in 2013,
with the only obvious player in the state with that potential being
North Dakota State right handed pitcher John Stratka. Straka has been the top
prospect in the state for the past three years and has been draft
eligible the last two years and not been selected, however.
should change in 2014, however, as University of North Dakota right handed pitcher Andrew Thome
could become the highest draft pick out of the state in history, a
record currently held by former Minot High School and Kansas Jayhawk first baseman Zac
Elgie. Elgie was a 12th round pick of the A’s in 2008. Thome (6-5, 4.14 in 78 innings in
2013) is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Minnesota who has a present low- to mid-90s fastball. He threw a no-hitter on Opening Day this spring to
start the North Dakota season.
COLLEGE TEAM: U.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Minot
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, North Dakota Connection: None
2014 Prospect: Andrew
Thome, rhp, U. North Dakota
Lockhart, ss, U. North Dakota
Zac Elgie, 1b, Minot HS (2008, Athletics/12th round)
Elgie, 1b, Minot HS (Athletics/12th round)
Bollinger, 1b, Magic City HS, Minot (Phillies/47th round)
Leer, ss, Mary University (Twins/25th round)
Kreis, rhp, Jamestown University (Nationals/35th round)
Anderson, rhp, Mayville State (Brewers/35th round)
Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0
College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
School Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
PROSPECT TO WATCH
STRAKA, rhp, North Dakota State (Sr.)
expected Straka to be drafted and turn professional in 2012 after he
went 7-4, 2.61 in 110 innings with a school record 92 strikeouts.
That didn’t happen, however, and the fifth year senior returned to
North Dakota State and was even better in 2013, going 7-2, 1.86 in 97
innings, with 85 strikeouts and only 10 walks allowed. A strong and
mature 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, Stratka pounds the strike zone with an 88-92 mph
fastball and a solid slider and topped out at 94 mph while pitching
in relief in the Alaskan Summer League in 2012. Stratka is 23 years
old, having red-shirted in 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery,
so he would be an ideal sign for a team looking for an experienced
hurler to drop right into a bullpen at the A ball level.
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